The investigation revealed that J and J Transportation has a history of poor compliance, FMCSA said. During roadside inspections over the past 12 months, the company’s vehicles were placed out-of-service at a rate of 33%, which is 1.5 times the national average, according to FMCSA’s imminent hazard out-of-service order.
The company’s owner, John A. Robles, who is the sole person responsible for its management, reportedly didn’t know how to check driver’s records of duty status for compliance with hours of service regulations and has never done so.
During the investigation, the company claimed that it had used only two drivers in the previous 12 months. But the agency said its investigators discovered that J and J had actually used seven or more drivers during that period.
Violating FMCSA’s imminent hazard out-of-service order can result in penalties of up to $60,000 and a criminal penalty with a fine of up to $25,000.